The war in Ukraine has put the entire country in a state of emergency from one day to the next. After four weeks of human suffering, even basic services are at risk. Experts are increasingly worried about outages in the power grid in particular. To get ahead of the super disaster, the country is now getting support from Europe.
Connection to European power grid
Images from Ukrainian cities like Mariupol are disturbing and currently dominate the daily news. Local people are not only suffering from the constant fear of becoming victims of one of the many devastating airstrikes. They also rightly fear for the critical infrastructure. The coastal city of Mariupol is already complaining of being virtually cut off from the outside world. Catastrophic conditions are said to prevail in the besieged city, due in particular to power outages, a lack of water supply and insufficient food. To prevent this condition from spreading to the rest of the country, Europe is now supporting the country with electricity.
To accomplish this, EU member and Ukrainian neighbor Moldova has now ensured that Ukraine was fed into the European grid. Last week, the EU Commission was able to announce to the public that the corresponding synchronization had taken place. In doing so, the important EU body made it clear that it was an extremely important step to supply Ukraine with electricity. In addition, it was made clear that the close relationship between the EU and Ukraine should be emphasized once again. Not without reason one called the curtain a
“historic milestone for relations between the EU and Ukraine”
Nothing works without electricity
To some ears, it may sound pathetic when the EU Commission justifies its electricity supply with the following words:
“This will help Ukraine keep its power grid stable, homes warm and lights bright in these dark times.”
In this regard, it only makes it clearer how important a functioning power supply is in this day and age. For this, just take a look at the shelters where many Ukrainians are currently located. Without light, they would be even more unbearable than they already are. And the list could go on and on. After all, a functioning power supply is what makes communication between people possible in the first place.
Working at record speed
But it is not only the EU’s commitment that is truly impressive. The speed at which Ukraine has been connected to the power grid is also truly remarkable. The service provider ENTSO E, for example, is said to have needed just two weeks for this. According to the transmission system operator, comparable work would have taken more like a year. ENTSO E attributes this not only to the dicey situation in Ukraine. In addition, thanks to five years of experience in synchronizing power grids, the company has been able to perfect the corresponding work. Accordingly, the plan could now be put into practice very quickly.
Many help one
But what are the consequences of integrating the Ukrainian power grid? First and foremost, it will ensure greater stability, which should prevent regular power outages. This will be made possible by the fact that all continental European transmission system operators will be able to transfer the necessary resources to Ukraine without further ado in the event of an emergency. On the European and especially on the Moldavian side, however, there is no need to fear that power cuts in our climes will result from the assistance. A previous analysis showed that it would be possible to provide electricity without endangering the country’s own stability.